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Kids, Parents & Money: Teaching Personal Finance from Piggy Bank to Prom

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Practical and fun strategies that parents, teachers, and mentors in all capacities can use to teach kids-and themselves-how to be financially savvy and, ultimately, secure

"Stawski has given parents a magnificently comprehensive guide to the difficult issue of kids and money. . . . Following his leadership will significantly diminish the problem of raising children who are consumers before they are producers in our society. If you are a parent, this practical book will help you rethink what you intend as your ...

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Overview

Practical and fun strategies that parents, teachers, and mentors in all capacities can use to teach kids-and themselves-how to be financially savvy and, ultimately, secure

"Stawski has given parents a magnificently comprehensive guide to the difficult issue of kids and money. . . . Following his leadership will significantly diminish the problem of raising children who are consumers before they are producers in our society. If you are a parent, this practical book will help you rethink what you intend as your legacy."-J. Zink, PhD, Family Therapist

"Too frequently, parents are reluctant to discuss financial issues with their children while they are growing up, so when they leave home they are totally unprepared to make some of the difficult financial decisions that young adults have to make. This book is about much more than teaching kids about money-it is an easy-to-understand guide on how to help your children grow up to become responsible, clear-thinking individuals who can make wise decisions."-Gary Baughman, Retired President and CEO, Fisher-Price

"Stawski has provided an excellent roadmap for parents who want their children to have a clear perspective on the key factors of life including, but certainly not limited to, money. This book is loaded with keen insights based on 'old-style values' that will give parents a head start."-James G. Buick, President and CEO, Zondervan Corp.

"More than a how-to-balance-your-checkbook book, this book will establish the benchmark from which all other family finance books will be measured. Read it if you want a stronger family . . . if you want your children to be more responsible . . . and if you want to be educated and entertained."-Kim Cameron, Dean, Weatherhead School of ManagementCase Western Reserve University

Online Workbook! Kidsparentsandmoney.com

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
When I first encountered this book I thought "What parent is going to have the time to read 268 pages just to teach their kids about handling money." But, there's 46 chapters in this book, so each one is short enough to get the message across without spending a lot of time. In this high tech, credit card using, stock market watching world, it behooves parents to prepare their children in a more organized manner to deal financially with the world around them. As the book says, if you don't do it, who will? The way the book is organized is really more than steps to financial success, it's steps to personal and family success. The seven steps are--know the rules, set your objectives, look for opportunity, be aware of your emotions, saving and personal record keeping, goal attainment and attain again. There's really nothing new here. They're tried and true ways of family functioning that will foster skills in children that will serve them well throughout life. More importantly, it treats the family as a democracy so that children see that everyone must do their part for success. It is written in language that most six-year-olds will understand, and it is a result of the author's work as founder of Cash University, a company that creates educational products designed to teach children about money. There's a glossary, index and resources for further study included. I don't know any family that wouldn't benefit from this book. 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 8 to Adult, $14.95. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger—Children's Literature
From The Critics
Here are some practical fun strategies for parents and teachers to use as they teach kids to be financially smart. The book starts by looking at a family's financial habits, then develops a mission statement as a beginning point. The author offers other personal finance advice, such as setting objectives through goal attainment, looking for money earning opportunities, and being aware of how emotions effect spending. 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., $14.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: N. Robertson SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471359470
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,196,452
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLARD STAWSKI II is the President and founder of Cash University, a company that creates educational products designed to teach children about money. Stawski is a former stockbroker and is now an activist in financial education, working with chartered schools, banks, and credit unions. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

OUR CHILDREN.

State of the Union.

How's Your Example?

How's Your Communication?

Do You Feel Like a Team or What?

Family Financial Habits.

KNOW THE RULES.

What Rules Are For.

Consistency.

The Family Journal.

Financial Intelligence Overview.

SET YOUR OBJECTIVES.

Pride of Ownership.

Start Out Small.

Gradually Increase the Goals.

Self-Confidence.

Bigger Goals.

Life-Planning Workshop.

LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITY.

Family Jobs.

What's It Worth?

Effort and Reward.

A Job or a Career?

Keeping a Weekly Record.

BE AWARE OF YOUR EMOTIONS.

Predefined Consequences.

Family Emotions.

Family Night.

Family Night Outline and Ideas.

SAVING AND PERSONAL RECORD KEEPING.

Your Family Budget.

Your Children's Budget.

Financial Success Journal.

The Investment Process.

Publicly Traded Securities.

GOAL ATTAINMENT.

Self-Esteem.

Raise the Bar.

Help Somebody Else.

ATTAIN AGAIN.

Your Greatest Opportunity.

Happiness.

Appendix.

Glossary.

Index.

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